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Arturo is the mascot of the Mendoza Zoo. Photo credit:

Zoo Freezes Plans To Move “World’s Saddest” Polar Bear

(POLAR BEARS/ZOOS/ANIMAL WELFARE) ARGENTINA — Zoo directors at Mendoza Zoo in Argentina refuse to transport Arturo, a 900 pound polar bear, to a more accommodating and spacious enclosure in Canada. Arturo currently lives alone in a concrete enclosure with only a 20-inch-deep pool which he uses to cool himself. Since temperatures in Mendoza can reach up to 86 degrees in the summer months, this habitat is hardly suitable to a polar bear’s needs. — Global Animal

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Photographer Shows Compawssion For The Underdog

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/RESCUE DOGS) According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 to 7 million pets enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized—that’s one every six and a half seconds. In addition, millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before their untimely death. However, many are fighting to change these statistics. One is photographer Frank Bruynbroek, who dedicated 15 years of his life into the creation of Compawssion: Portraits of Rescued Dogs. The touching collection of black and white, film portraits of rescued dogs shows audiences what it means to be a dog who has been abandoned and then rescued. — Global Animal

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Raju Gets A Girlfriend: An Elephant Love Story

(ANIMAL RESCUE/ELEPHANTS) Raju has a girlfriend. The elephant who became a social media darling for his tears of joy after being rescued from a lifetime of horrific abuse is finally enjoying life. The five-and-a-half ton animal is safely residing in the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Northern India, wheree he’s feasting on fruits and biscuits, being treated for his wounds, and hanging out with Phoolkali, a female elephant who had been saved from death just two years earlier. After 50 years of chains and shackles, torturous beatings and consuming plastic and paper to survive, the majestic creature can now live in peace thanks to a team from Wildlife SOS, a North London-based charity. When he’s fully recovered Raju will spend the rest of his days in a safe compound free from pain and suffering. Read below to learn more about Raju and Wildlife SOS’s daring and emotional midnight rescue. — Global Animal

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Tulsa Heroes Help Homeless Companions

(TOUCHING TALES/PETS) OKLAHOMA — Tulsa is home to an amazing set of animal heroes: two Animal Welfare control officers who have made it their mission to help homeless animals. Tulsa is a bustling city in Oklahoma, which also inevitably makes its pavement home for many residents who have lost their homes for various reasons. What fascinated Jeff Brown and his friend Pete Theriot was the astonishing number of animals kept as pets by homeless residents. Upon further observation, they found that their guardians “take better care of their pets than the average person.” Read more about the efforts of these two local heroes in the full article below. — Global Animal

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Newtown Victim’s Animal Sanctuary Dreams Come True

(ANIMAL SANCTUARIES/ANIMAL WELFARE) A little girl whose life was taken much too early will live on to help save animals’ lives. Catherine Violet Hubbard was tragically killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Now almost 18 months later, and after $800,000 in donations, her parents are honoring their daughter’s life by building an animal sanctuary in her name. To learn how you can help, visit Catherine’s Facebook page and the CVH Foundation website. Read on to find out how a simple mistake helped make this six-year-old’s dream a reality. — Global Animal

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All dogs deserve a fighting chance at life. Photo credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Give Pits A Chance: A Brighter Future For Rescued Fighting Dogs

(ANIMAL RIGHTS/DOG RESCUE/PIT BULLS) Two new laws—one in Michigan and another in Delaware—will help protect pit bulls used in dog fighting. Originally, these two states ordered that dogs who were rescued from dog fighting rings had to be put down. However, under the new bills, these abused animals will be evaluated and given the opportunity for adoption. Canines should not be punished because their heartless guardians trained them to be aggressive. Euthanizing dogs used for dog fighting prevents these mistreated and misunderstood animals from ever having a chance at a happy home. Read on to learn more about how these two states are working to give pit bulls a brighter future. — Global Animal

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The first picture of Sunder in his new sanctuary at the Bannerghatta Biological Park. Photo credit: PETA

Bringing Sunder The Elephant To Safety

(ELEPHANTS/ANIMAL WELFARE) MUMBAI — Sunder the elephant, who has been held captive by the Jyotiba temple since 2007, was finally rescued and released into a 122-acre elephant care center in Bannerghatta Biological Park in Karnataka, India. Sunder endured excessive abuse from his previous handlers which included being tightly chained and beaten with spikes. PETA has been fighting a campaign for Sunder’s release for two years and in the process has obtained secret video footage, support from celebrities, as well as victories in the Supreme Court. — Global Animal

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Sheep used in electrode wire testing suffers unnecessarily. Photo credit: BUAV

Cambridge Sheep Shake In Fear Of Cruel Animal Testing

(ANIMAL TESTING/ ANIMAL CRUELTY) Lab testing conducted on sheep at Cambridge University is proving fatal. The animal testing in question is meant to uncover cures for Huntington’s disease and Batten disease. Lab workers first infect the sheep with the disease and originally monitor them, however, they then leave the poor animals to suffer and die. This type of testing results in multiple harmful effects for the sheep such as weight loss, blindness, and disorientation. Read on to learn about the abuse these innocent sheep endure, and how you can take action against animal testing. — Global Animal

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